Cooper Landing Gem- February 2022

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Monthly Newsletter

February 2022

Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

Hello: The days are getting noticeably longer every day. The sun, when we see it, will be over the mountain and my backyard will have direct sunlight about the middle of the month. Many of you will already being seeing that warm globe before me so enjoy. Thank you all who participated in the “Light up the Landing” project this year! This will be an annual event for the enjoyment of our locals and our winter visitors. All you drift boaters and rafters out there, we are reaching out to you to see if there is interest in a 2022 Regatta. In this newsletter you’ll find a link to a three-minute interest survey. Kindly respond to the survey or call one of our board members if you are interested. If we don’t hear from you, expect a call from one of us. Is it time to put the fun back into our lives? We want to welcome new board members Shaun Sehl (Prospector John’s) and Kindra Leaders (Grizzly Ridge). Election of officers was held at the January meeting resulting in Kindra Leaders being elected as the Vice President. All the other officers remain the same. We appreciate their continued support on the board. Thank you to all members who are helping to keep our Chamber active. Your Chamber has reached out to Alaska Recreational Management for insight into their plans for this upcoming season and any proactive measures they are taking in response to the closure on August 15th of the Russian River campground. We have invited them to attend the February 24th meeting at Wildman’s. Our next meeting is later than usual to accommodate travel plans for many of the board members. Everyone is invited to our meeting being held at 3:30 at Wildman’s on February 24th.

Board Of Directors President Cheryle James Wildman’s 907-290-1213 Vice-President Kindra Leaders Grizzly Ridge 907-202-6377 Treasurer Shirley Wilmoth The Hutch B&B 907-595-1270 Secretary Rose Hetrick Inn at Tern Lake 907-288-3667 Director Shaun Sehl Prospector John’s 907-250-7775

Thank you, Cheryle James & Your Chamber Board

Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce PO Box 809 Cooper Landing, Alaska 99572 Newsletter Layout & Design by Best Route Productions

Cooper Landing Community Club With the new year comes a slightly new Board of Directors. New to the Board is Melissa Brennan as the Secretary. Returning members are Ed Holsten as the Member At-Large, Jamie Gonzales as the Treasurer, and Yvette Galbraith as the Vice President. Martha Story has stepped into the role as President. Kristine Route stepped down as President to move onto bigger and better things. Krissy does promise to still help with the softball tournament. That’s right, the 26th Annual Softball Tournament. We are bringing it back! So stretch out those arms and cancel all of your plans for May 26th through June 4th. The Community Club sends out a huge thanks to the Quartz Creek DOT crew. Thanks for keeping our town safe and for helping with the Snug Harbor Walking Path. You all do a great job! We still have some directories for community members that ordered them. We are looking into sending them to folks that have not picked theirs up yet and will contact you soon. If you want to make other arrangements to pick a directory up you can email Thanks to all that supported our fundraiser and bought a directory!

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May 26th to June 4th, 2022

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Are You Interested in the Regatta?

2019 Regatta Participants

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Are you interested in participating in the Drift Boat Regatta this year? Would you like to compete in the Drift Boat Race down the Upper Kenai? Or would you like to partake in the Clean up the Kenai Rafting Trash Collection Competition? Don’t want to race, but would like to sponsor someone else too? Let us know what your interests levels are by taking our short 3-minute survey. Simply follow the link below and answer a few questions to let us know if we should host the event this year. Thank you! Click Here for Regatta Survey

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Cooper Landing Lynx News

February 2022

Second Place Winners in the 3/4 District Competition!

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS Battle of the Books is a highly competitive academic competition that requires teams to read twelve chapter books by a variety of authors. The books are selected by the Alaska Association of School Librarians and must meet of high quality and cover a diversity of subject areas. Students start reading the books in October and aim to complete the reading list by January. Students try to read the books as many times as possible before the District Battles, usually held the second week of February. On Battle Day Cooper Landing students compete in four rounds against twenty-four other schools throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Each round consists of twelve questions that test students’ knowledge about fact and details from the books they’ve read. Teams have thirty seconds to figure out the answer and write both the book title and author on the answer sheet. One person from each team verbally announces the answer when asked by the game host. If a team wins first in the district competition, they will go on to compete at the state level.

The goal of Battle of the Books is to help students with reading comprehension, expand reading interests, and to promote academic excellence. If you’d like to be a future sponsor of the Battle of the Books, click the button below for ways you can support our teams.

This year Cooper Landing had a 3/4 grade level Battle Team and a 5/6 grade level Battle Team. Competitions were moved up and held the last week of January. We are extremely proud of the Cooper Landing students who participated in the Battle of the Books this year. Being on the Battle Book Team is no easy feat. It takes hard work, commitment, and dedication to be a great team, let alone to memorize in great detail facts about the books. Our students work incredibly hard and enjoy participating in this activity every year. Congratulations to the 3/4 Team who took second place in the District Battle. They were one question away from going into overtime against Soldotna Montessori.

My favorite part about Battle of the Books is when we are all reading together and we end up finding out something CRAZY! Sad, funny, or weird we can go through it together. It’s the best way to read a sad book, like Pax by Sara Pennypacker.

” -Sydney

Become a Sponsor

Thank you Jamie Gonzales for sponsoring our Battle of the Books teams!! We enjoyed the snacks you provided to keep our minds engaged and the Wildman’s Ice Cream Gift Certificates.

I’m in love with Battle of the Books! It pushes me to read more and to learn more. My favorite part is all of the new books that I get to read. Some that I wouldn’t of read otherwise .


Third Place Winners in the 5/6 District Competition! Page 5

Cooper Landing Gem News Do you have business or organization updates you would like to share with the community? All Chamber Members are invited to submit updates and information to the monthly newsletter. Contact us for more information. Contact Us

Happy Birthday 2/5 2/9 2/11 2/11 2/12 2/12 2/12 2/14 2/17 2/17 2/18 2/24 2/28

Kim Neis Pat Dye Roxanne Defoe Greg Raveaux Richard Dreifuerst Shane Farley Olive James Cecilia Pearson Tommy Gossard Martha Story Ken Leaders Stacy Corbin Alec Lamberson

Happy Anniversary 2/19 Malcolm and Ladonna Herbert

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KMTA awards grants to community projects that recognize, preserve, and interpret the historic, scenic, and natural recreational resources and cultural landscapes of the Kenai Mountains - Turnagain Arm historic transportation corridor. Projects promote and facilitate public enjoyment of these resources.

KMTA National Heritage Area | PO Box 1934 | GIrdwood, Alaska | 99587

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2022 Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce & CVB Please support our local businesses! 5 Dogs Fishing

(907) 598-3525

Grizzly Ridge

(907) 595-1260

Alaskan Angling Adventures LLC

(907) 595-3336

Gwin’s Lodge

(907) 595-1266

Alaska Heavenly Lodge

(907) 599-0022

Inn at Tern Lake (Moose Pass)

(907) 288-3667

Alaska Horsemen Lodge

(907) 595-1806

Jason’s Guide Service

(907) 351-3036

Alaska Waste

(907) 312-6267

Kahtnu Spirit Lodging

(907) 299-2855

Alaska Outdoor Woodstoves

(907) 598-1633

Kenai Cache Outfitters

(907) 595-1401

Alaska River Adventures

(907) 595-2000

Kenai Kayak Company

(907) 441-6753

Alaska Rivers Company

(907) 595-1226

Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area

(206) 920-9051

Alaska Troutfitters

(907) 595-1212

KPB Mayor –Charlie Pierce (Soldotna)

(800) 478-4441

Alaska Wildland Adventures

(800) 334-8730

KPBSD Superintendent

(907) 714-8836

Andy’s Artwork

(907) 802-1274

Kenai Peninsula Econ. Dev. Dist.

(907) 283-3335

Angle 45 Adventures (Hope)

(907) 782-3175

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

(907) 595-1425

Bean Creek Gallery

(907) 595-3488

Kenai River Drifters Lodge

(907) 595-5555

Bearfoot Publications


Kenai River Float-n-Fish

(907) 519-0048

Best Route Productions

(303) 570-2081

Kenai River Sportfishing Association


Bike Cooper Landing, LLC

(907) 231-6793

Kenai River Trout Anglers

(907) 599-0085

Blue Yeti Food Truck

(907) 231-6089

Kenai Watershed Forum

(907) 265-5412


(907) 202-1004

Mystic Waters Fly Fishing

(509) 715-9697

Camp K on Kenai Lake

(907) 279-3551

Peninsula Axe Throwing

(716) 222-0556

Cooper Landing Brewery

(907) 276-5044

Professional Testing


Cooper Landing Community Club

(907) 595-2169

Prospector John’s Pan for Gold

(907) 598-1808

Cooper Landing Community Library

(907) 595-1241

Round Mountain Retreat

(907) 598-1333

Cooper Landing Community School

(907) 595-1244

Salmon Run Lodge

(907) 595-2197

Cooper Landing Emergency Services

(907) 595-1800

Seramur Home Services

(907) 599-0019

Cooper Landing Fish Camp

(907) 595-3474

Sharon Saunders, GRI, Realtor

(928) 706-8901

Cooper Landing Fishing Guide

(907) 599-0126

Sunrise Inn & Café

(907) 595-1222

Cooper Landing Rifle & Sportsman’s Club

(907) 599-0004

Tanisha Walters, L.Ac. Acupuncturist

(303) 482-7176

Cooper Landing Historical Society

(907) 598-1042

Talon Air Service, Inc. (Soldotna)

(907) 262-8899

Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corp.

(907) 595-3000

The Hutch Bed & Breakfast

(907) 595-1270

Eagle Landing Resort

(907) 595-1213

Upper Kenai Cabins

(907) 595-3055

First National Bank Alaska (Soldotna)

(907) 260-6000

Wildman TR Inc.

(907) 595-1456

Fish & Sons Kenai Charters

(907) 598-1065

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February 2022 Sunday


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Groundhog Day 6



CLSCCI Board Mtg. (via 1:30 pm 13


9 CL Advisory Planning Commission Mtg. (via Zoom) 6 pm











Valentine’s Day 20


President’s Day 27

CL Chamber Mtg. 3:30 pm @ Wildmans


Cooper Landing Library Hours • Monday: 1-3 pm •Tuesday: 3-5 pm •Wednesday: 9-11am (pickup only) & 1-3 pm •Thursday: 1-3 pm •Friday: 1-3 pm

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